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Eastern or Western perspective? Broaden your awareness on humanity (if you’re curious…)

Scenes from the Symposion Nights: At our Symposion nights we invite participants to share their ideas about reality and, at the same time, practise critical thinking. Every Symposion we discuss a specific theme with the help of selected fragments of documentary films, recorded lectures and interviews. ‘Thoughts’ are stimulated with the help of wine.    

Improving the political debate: How to Argue About Politics

By  Gary Gutting As a philosophy professor, I spend much of my time thinking about the arguments put forward by professional philosophers. As a citizen (and an occasional columnist for The Stone), I also spend lots of time thinking about the arguments put forward by Democrats and Republicans on currently disputed political issues. Of course,...
The human being and his perennial struggle against the "system" - by anthropologist Joseph Campbell

The human being and his perennial struggle against the “system” – by anthropologist Joseph Campbell

Scenes from the Symposium Nights: In the Symposium Nights we invite participants to share their ideas about reality and, at the same time, practise critical thinking. Every Symposion we discuss a specific theme with the help of selected fragments of documentaries. ‘Thoughts’ are stimulated with the help of wine. The Symposium Nights are organised at...
Spinoza’s Vision of Freedom, and Ours

Spinoza’s Vision of Freedom, and Ours

Spinoza’s extraordinary views on freedom have never been more relevant. In this post-9/11 world, there is a temptation to believe that “homeland security” is better secured by the suppression of certain liberties than their free exercise.  By STEVEN NADLER Baruch Spinoza, the 17th-century Dutch thinker, may be among the more enigmatic (and mythologized) philosophers in Western thought,...
The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself

The Pathology of the Rich – Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself

Source: The real News On RAI with Paul Jay, Chris Hedges discusses the psychology of the super rich; their sense of entitlement, the dehumanization of workers, and mistaken belief that their wealth will insulate them from the coming storms.   Christopher Lynn “Chris” Hedges:  (born September 18, 1956) is an American journalist specializing in politics and society. Hedges...

In Search of Equilibrium

By JEFFREY SACHS The best idea of 2010 came from the Himalayan mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Standing before world leaders in the United Nations General Assembly in September, Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley asked the decisive economic question of our time: “As all our people rise above the threats of basic survival, what will our collective...

The assumptions of reality: philosophy of science

Bryan Edgar Magee (born 12 April 1930) is a noted British broadcaster, politician, poet, and author, best known as a popularizer of philosophy. In 1978, Magee presented for BBC television 15 dialogues with noted philosophers in a series called Men of Ideas. Following an “Introduction to Philosophy” presented by Magee in discussion with Isaiah Berlin, Magee discussed topics...
Elections and “Democracy” in the Netherlands

Elections and “Democracy” in the Netherlands

By Hans Vogel – professor of history (ESEADE – Buenos Aires) Dutch voters will elect a new parliament on Wednesday, 12 September. Since well over a month, aided by state television and the compliant corporate-controlled media, politicians of the main parties have been trying to attract the attention of the voting public. As usual, there have been televised...

What Must We Overcome as a Culture or as Individuals For Gratitude to Flourish?

By Robert Emmons   November 11, 2013    A recent workshop at the University of California, Berkeley showcased the newest and hottest findings in the science and practice of gratitude.  Impressive as the advances were, not one speaker (myself included) grappled with what may be the single biggest question that stands in the way of making...
A Virus Called Fear

A Virus Called Fear

Very few people understand the programming of fear, and why it distorts our perceptions. While fear is a program used for our survival, fear also creates irrational beliefs that cause larger systems of fear like politics, religion and the media. “A Virus Called Fear” is a short film about the conditioning of fear, and what...
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